The number of consumers with oil company credit cards, good for gasoline purchases, has increased dramatically during the last ten years. The two main reasons for this growth are the general easing of qualifications for such cards and the growth of pay at the pump. It is simply much easier and faster to buy gasoline if all you have to do is stick a card in the pump, get your gas and drive away. Many Americans are all too happy to apply for another credit card if it means avoiding lines inside the gas station.
Gasoline is a recurring expense for most people. Anyone who drives to work each day will probably find that his or her gasoline expenses are about the same each month. Given that the monthly use is the same, gasoline purchases can be viewed in much the same way as a cable TV bill or an electrical bill. It is something that should be paid, in full, each and every month. If the bill isn’t paid in full this month, it will only get larger next month. So paying promptly, and in full, makes a lot of sense.